Juaneño

The Juaneño language was traditionally spoken on the San Juan Creek (in what is now Orange County). In pre-contact times, there were perhaps 1000 speakers of Juaneño (Kroeber 1925). Today, there are no first-language speakers (Golla 2011).

Juaneño is a member of the Takic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Within Takic, it is most closely related to Cahuilla, Cupeño, and Luiseño, and more distantly to Gabrielino, Kitanemuk, Serrano, and Tataviam. The other Uto-Aztecan languages of California are Tubatulabal and the Numic languages (Chemehuevi-Southern Paiute-Ute, Comanche, Kawaiisu, Mono, Northern Paiute, Panamint, and Shoshone).

Selected archival materials at Berkeley

Further reading

  • Bright, William. Preliminary Juaneño vocabulary.
  • Golla, Victor. 2011. California Indian languages. Berkeley: University of California Press.

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We acknowledge with respect the Ohlone people on whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded land we work and whose historical relationships with that land continue to this day.